Please note that the next intake available for the Masters level of this programme is September 2019. We are recruiting for September 2018 to the PG Diploma level only or the PG Cert through programme MB9CO.
- Develop your skills as a family therapist whilst gaining a masters in systemic psychotherapy
- Study a highly regarded course that is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT)
- Register as a systemic psychotherapist or family therapist with the UK Council Psychotherapy (UKCP) after successfully completing this course, as long as you meet the UKCP’s requirements.
- Advance your knowledge of research design and practice
- Engage with an enthusiastic teaching team who have over 15 years’ experience teaching systemic psychotherapy
This course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy in the UK. On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to register as a Systemic Psychotherapist or Family Therapist with the UK Council Psychotherapy (UKCP), as long as you meet the UKCP’s requirements.
Further your understanding
If you’ve already completed the Postgraduate Certificate Systemic Thinking and Practice or you’ve passed an equivalent intermediate course accredited by the Association of Family Therapy, this course is the ideal next step for you.
Because it’s a part-time course studied over two years, you’ll have the flexibility to continue your professional development without taking a break from your career.
During your first year you’ll study the Postgraduate Diploma, which includes 38 weeks of weekly, live, supervised practice. During your second year you’ll focus on the MSc stage, which includes weekly live supervised practice as well as the development of a research project. The cost of live supervision is covered by your course fees.
Experienced teaching team
All of the teaching team work in practice and with over 15 years’ experience of teaching systemic psychotherapy, are keen to pass their vast expertise on to you. The course aims to synthesise theory, practice, and reflective skills as well as giving you a clear grounding in the development of research in the field.
Ethics, power and difference
We pay careful attention to ethics, power and difference; these themes are explored across all aspects of your learning. We aim to model key systemic practice ideas through teaching, and within the live supervised practice. You are also required to develop systemic practice in your own agency setting, so your workplace can be confident that they will benefit directly from your learning and development on the course. Graduates from this course have gone on to work in posts within health and social care, as well as private practice.
This course is made up of two stages - Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.
- You’ll study modules such as:
- Systemic Theory and Practice 3
- Systemic Theory and Practice 4
- Systemic Personal and Professional Development 2
- You’ll study modules such as:
- Independent Scholarship
- Professional networks
You will be assessed on your knowledge of theory, your practice skills and your ability to be reflexive about your personal and professional development. This is assessed using a variety of methods from essay writing to presentations and the development of a professional portfolio.
In order to apply for this course you must have completed an AFT accredited Intermediate Level Systemic Training Course and have a reference from your Intermediate Level course.
Applicants will usually have a relevant professional training in one of the helping professions.
If you do not have to have a relevant professional qualification but have equivalent relevant experience and training you may be able to make an application through the APEL process.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£4,300 per stage
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
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You will be eligible to register as a systemic psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) after you've successfully completed this course, as long as you meet the UKCP’s requirements. This means that you will be able to work as a systemic psychotherapist or family therapist in the statutory and non-statutory health and social care sectors.
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.